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Belt and Road: What They're Saying

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD Prime Minister of Malaysia Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York " We are forced to [finance infrastructure using Chinese loans], because we just couldn't afford it. Our approach is to save our finances. We cannot afford to build these very expensive railway lines. Whether we like it or not, we have to go to the Chinese and appeal to them, point out that we are ready to partner. " CHRISTOPHER FORD Assistant Secretary of State, U.S. State Department Remarks at the Multilateral Action on Sensitive Technologies (MAST) Conference " Though they may have formally private ownership and operate in the national and in the international marketplace, global Chinese firms – including Huawei – are in key ways not genuinely private companies and do not make decisions entirely for economic and commercial reason. " MARK MCGOWAN Premier, Western Australia Addressing the state’s Property Council " If I can make one plea t

EU and Japan have signed an ambitious deal to build infrastructure and set development standards

The EU and Japan have signed an ambitious deal to build infrastructure and set development standards in joint projects around the world, in a riposte to China’s far-reaching Belt and Road Initiative. The so-called connectivity partnership will cover sectors from transport to digital industries as part of a wider effort to revive multilateral co-operation in the face of the US withdrawal from international agreements such as the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate change accord.The agreement was signed in Brussels on Friday by Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, and Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission president. It dovetails with EU plans to deploy €60bn to leverage investments of many times that value to improve ties between Europe and Asia. Mr Abe called the growing co-operation between Brussels and Tokyo, which includes economic and strategic partnerships, a “resounding declaration” at a time when “the values and principles we have held dear could waver or drift”.Speaking a

UNGA: If US Ignores Pakistan’s ‘Deceit’ Today, It’ll Suffer Later

ADITYA RAJ KAUL “One of the numerous reports that the United States government compiled on Pakistan and terrorism maintained, ‘if one were to make a map of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction collection at this moment, all roads would meet in Pakistan,” write Italian journalists Francesca Marino and Beniamino Natale in their book  Apocalypse Pakistan: An Anatomy of ‘the World’s Most Dangerous Nation’  in 2013. They further write, “The problem is that where terrorism is concerned the agendas and priorities of Islamabad and Washington diverge. The United States is interested to resolve the Afghan conflict, while Islamabad has no interest whatsoever in striking at the fighters, in and around Kabul. Pakistan is considerably irritated by the growing Indian influence in Kabul, and trusts in the Taliban and the fundamentalists, as it has done for some time, to restore its own influence.” Also Read :  ‘Ready to Mediate on Kashmir’: Trump During Meeting With Pak PM ‘Naya Pakistan’: O